2015 Tiree Show Re­port

The Oban Times - - Farming 23 -

There was strong com­pe­ti­tion in the Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons line-up at Tiree Show with um­pire, Colin Kennedy, from the neigh­bour­ing is­land of Coll brought in to se­lect be­tween the sheep and horse cham­pi­ons. His win­ner was the Supreme Sheep Cham­pion, Tiree At­taboy from Alas­dair Ma­cLean, Heylipol. This March-born Bel­tex ram lamb is sired by Horse­close Pow­er­house out of a Wood­ies Ring­leader ewe and ear­lier won the Sheep Interbreed Cham­pi­onship and Pure­bred Sheep Sec­tion un­der judge, John McLach­lan from Camp­bel­town. Run­ner-up from the horse sec­tion was the im­pres­sive Friesan mare from Jan Pater­son, Bali­noe, judged by John McLatchie, Camp­bel­town.

Reg­u­lar Tiree sales buyer, Doug David­son, Shin­sharnie, Huntly, had the task of judg­ing the cat­tle with Alastair and Iain MacInnes, Ruaig, lift­ing the Supreme in the cat­tle lines with a May 2014 Li­mousin cross bul­lock by Keirs­beath Gun­shot out of a homebed BB cross Li­mousin cow. Re­serve supreme was win­ner of the Pure­bred cat­tle, An­side Halle, a Li­mousin cow shown with her first calf at foot from Alas­dair Ma­cLean, Heylipol. Colin MacKin­non, Kilken­neth, had a suc­cess­ful show win­ning the breed­ing sec­tion, the suck­led calf cham­pi­onship and most points for crofters shield. His cham­pion from the calf classes was a Fe­bru­ary born AI bred Charo­lais cross bul­lock calf by Thrun­ton Un­stop­pable. Re­serve went to Archie John Ma­cLean, Heylipol, with a March born Charo­lais cross heifer calf by Thrun­ton Grandprix.

Another reg­u­lar Tiree buyer, Alastair Aitken, Traprain, Hadding­ton, judged the Cross­bred Sheep, Black­faces and Prime Lambs with his cham­pion, a home­bred Texel cross ewe from Et­tie Mac­Don­ald, Road­side. Et­tie also lifted the Black­face Sheep cham­pi­onship and cups for most points in the sheep sec­tion. San­dra Brown, Bale­vullin, won both cham­pion and re­serve in the Prime Lambs with a pen of Texel cross lambs and Suf­folk cross lambs re­spec­tively. Re­serve in the Pure­bred sec­tion was the fe­male win­ner and Suf­folk cham­pion, a Cair­ness bred ewe from Gil­leas­buig Camp­bell, Gara­phail.

Once again, Mary Flora Mac­Don­ald, Road­side, won the Cly­des­dale Cham­pi­onship with her geld­ing Ma­jor and her grand­son, Dougie Mac­Don­ald across from Ben­der­loch, won the Young Han­dler’s cup while Kirsteen MacKin­non, Park­house, won the Young Stock­per­son’s cup.

Ewan and Fiona Mal­colm, Gri­bun, won the Poul­try with their Blue­bell Pul­let, judged by Ge­orge Camp­bell from Taynuilt. Iain MacInnes from Ruaig won again in the Pet classes with his Ger­man Pointer, Pip, who caught the eye of judges, Dou­glas and Su­san McRob­bie from Killin, who are reg­u­lar visi­tors to the is­land. Iain MacKin­non, Kil­molu­aig, once again won with his MF35 trac­tor and led the Trac­tor Run on Satur­day.

In the Home In­dus­tries mar­quee, Jo Vale won the Hor­ti­cul­ture cup with daugh­ter, Char­lotte, win­ner of the Pre-Five cup. Another fam­ily win­ning team were Mar­garet McDow­ell in the Pro­duce sec­tion and son, Lewis, win­ner of the 12 to 16 cup.

This year the Hand­craft cup was jointly won by Margo Jarvis and Ali­son MacPhail with the Visi­tor’s salver go­ing to Han­nah Samwells. Fiona MacLeod re­ceived the prize for Best Knit­ted item. and Josie Brown won a spe­cial for her Af­ter­noon Tea se­lec­tion. Ta­bles were full with en­tries in all the Chil­dren’s Sec­tions where there was a high stan­dard of en­tries put for­ward.

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